Press release

VCH Board of Directors Appoint Interim President and CEO

VANCOUVER, B.C. – With the recent announcement that President and CEO Mary Ackenhusen will be departing Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and starting her new role in the B.C. Ministry of Health in the coming weeks, the Board of Directors is pleased to appoint Vivian Eliopoulos as interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Over the next few weeks, Vivian will be working closely with Mary as part of the transition.


Vivian has a long history providing care and leadership at VCH. She is currently the Vice-President of Vancouver-Richmond Acute Services and provides leadership to a diverse portfolio of secondary, tertiary and quaternary hospital and ambulatory services for patients from across our region and the rest of the province. She is also the VCH Executive Sponsor supporting Lower Mainland Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory Services and Pharmacy Services, which provide critical patient services to both VCH and Providence Health Care. Over the last 12 weeks, since the first COVID-19 outbreak at VCH, Vivian has also been the executive lead for the VCH COVID-19 emergency operations response.

"With our knowledge of her extensive experience and her deep commitment to exceptional patient, client and resident care across the broad continuum of our health system at VCH, the Board has full confidence that Vivian will provide excellent leadership to the organization and the Senior Executive Team while the Board undertakes the recruitment of a permanent President and CEO at VCH," says Dr. Penny Ballem, Board Chair.

The Board is very appreciative of Vivian's commitment to VCH and her willingness to take on this interim role.


Carrie Stefanson
Public Affairs Leader
Vancouver Coastal Health
Phone 604 708 5340 | Cell 604 312 1148   

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HPV immunization clinics start for grade 6 boys

Foundry North Shore opens its doors to youth

New overdose prevention site opens in Vancouver

New mumps cases in Vancouver Coastal Health prompt call for immunization

New supervised consumption service in Vancouver aims to help prevent overdose deaths

Fentanyl checking expanding to overdose prevention sites

More flexibility to treat and assess patients at the Leon Judah Blackmore Centre for Sleep Disorders at UBC Hospital

Transforming palliative care across VCH

New supervised injection service to open in Vancouver

UBC Hospital to receive state-of-the-art MRI Upgrade

New era for robot-assisted surgery at VGH

Research project pilots new illegal drug alert warning system to help prevent overdoses

Climate change is increasing respiratory disease

Don't flip out: “Air” on the side of caution on the trampoline

TEC4Home moves forward to clinical trials

Hot weather starting today calls for caution

Planning moves ahead for new acute care facility at Lions Gate Hospital

VGH leads the way in traumatic brain treatment

Health Canada gives green light to new supervised injection service in Vancouver

Centennial Pavilion at VGH renamed in honour of Leon Judah Blackmore

Women-only overdose prevention site opens in the Downtown Eastside

Drug checking at Insite shows potential for preventing fentanyl-related overdoses

Partners make progress on planning for acute-care tower project at Richmond Hospital

Jack and Leone Carlile Centre grand opening

Construction wraps up at Joseph & Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre

Richmond adult day program spaces will help meet demand for seniors’ & respite care

New City Centre Community Access Centre slated for the West End

VCH confirms plans to rebuild Richmond Lions Manor

Angus and the K9 Infection Prevention Team working at VGH

Measles alert for three YVR flights (Updated)

Controversial “liberation therapy” fails to treat multiple sclerosis

Increasing access to surgery at Squamish General Hospital

New on-demand addiction treatment clinic opens in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Travel Clinic warns spring breakers: Don’t expose yourselves!

Lions Gate Hospital project takes next step

$102 million investment will expand access to surgical care at VGH

New substance treatment services for women on the Downtown Eastside

Don’t let your new year’s resolution to quit smoking go up in smoke

German Canadian Care Home to be rebuilt

VCH opens fifth overdose prevention site

More tools to fight overdoses in Howe Sound region

Further overdose response action to include BC Mobile Medical Unit and new overdose prevention sites

Flu policy for visitors in effect at all VCH facilities

New programs to combat overdose crisis

Peer support program expands to Downtown Eastside

Hybrid OR set to open at VGH

UBC Hospital Sleep Disorders Program springs ahead as clocks fall back

VCH submits applications for 2 new supervised injection services

BC’s Take-Home Naloxone program expands to UBC

Fight the flu! Flu shot clinics now underway

Environmental Health partially re-opens Foody World

Public safety advisory for customers of Foody World

Vancouver Coastal Health expands women’s services in the Downtown Eastside

B.C. study finds young Canadian athletes at minimal risk for sudden cardiac death

Sheway clients to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

A new era in mental health takes shape at the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre

86% of drugs checked at Insite contain fentanyl

Paralympic medalists inspire people with newly acquired disabilities to “Have a Go” at wheelchair sports

Insite expands hours in response to overdose crisis

New at-home detox for substance use clients in Vancouver

Hey moms: got milk?

Naloxone kits now available in emergency departments to help address overdose crisis

Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood to gain up to 74 residential care beds in new and expanded facility

World class skier first to benefit from new brain treatment at Vancouver General Hospital

Whooping cough in Squamish

Canada’s first C. diff dog ready to make a difference at VGH

Mumps outbreak worsens

Lions Gate Hospital unveils state-of-the-art MRI Technology

Concept planning begins for Richmond Hospital patient care tower project

Richmond to gain 210 residential care beds with new facilities

North Shore gains 43 residential care beds in a new facility

Residential care improved in Vancouver

Vancouver Coastal Health signs agreement for a new residential care centre in Sechelt

VCH signs agreements for six new and expanded residential care facilities

Warm weather ahead brings window safety warning from doctors & paramedics

Doctors warn mountain bike riders: don’t let an injury cut your season short

New Community Care Clinic opens in Richmond

Don’t wait – vaccinate!

Mumps in Whistler

Binge drinking puts young women at risk

Participants “Walk-A-Mile” to help stamp out the stigma of mental illness

New centre at VGH streamlines care for mental health and substance use clients

Forensic Sexual Assault Services Planned for UBC Hospital

Regional Trauma Program is nation’s first to receive ‘Distinction’ award by Accreditation Canada

B.C. gives $5 million to expand efforts to curb hepatitis C infection

British Columbia develops cutting-edge system to detect HIV outbreaks

VCH announces new drop-in centre, expanded services for Downtown Eastside clients

VCH seeks to increase Vancouver hospice beds

Spend time on the beach—not in the bathroom—during spring break

Insite receives new, four-year Health Canada exemption

Record-breaking documentary series ER: Life + Death at VGH returns to B.C.’s Knowledge Network with second season

Passengers on March 3rd flight from Beijing at risk of measles

VGH seeking stroke survivors for North America’s first of its kind hyperbaric oxygen study

Syphilis rates in gay men continue to climb in Vancouver

Youth lift the veil of stigma around mental health at ‘Talk at the Top’

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation granted exemption for integrated supervised injection service

Largest ever functional brain imaging study recognized by Discover Magazine

Ten tips for a safe Christmas season

People in Metro Vancouver’s most ‘walkable’ areas are one third less likely to be overweight or obese than those in the least walkable areas

Forensic testing for sexual assault victims soon available in Sea-to-Sky region

New guidelines set to revolutionize treatment of opioid addiction

VCH says don’t get sick, get the shot

North Shore resident gifts record $25 million to Lions Gate Hospital

BC raw oysters back on the menu – restaurant order lifted

Downtown Eastside to receive new programs and services as part of Second Generation Strategy

VCH seeks person in contact with bat

Arm your children against vaccine-preventable diseases

Public service announcement for consumers of BC oysters

New pediatric unit opens at Richmond Hospital

Sea to Sky air quality concerns continue

Peer Navigator Program to change how Vancouver’s health care system is navigated

Alleged serial hospital thief caught thanks to vigilant staff

VCH urges men to give health the finger

Hot weather starting tomorrow calls for caution

My Health My Community survey results released

Record Audiences Drive Second Season of Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH

North Vancouver mother urges parents to help protect her son

Public Safety Advisory for customers of Killarney Market brand ground beef and ground pork

Mental health community gathers to “Walk-A-Mile”

Campaign urges adults to “Think before you let them drink”

Collaboration key to a healthier Sunshine Coast

Collaboration and partnership at the heart of a healthy community

Passengers on April 4 flight from Beijing at risk of measles

Insite receives annual Health Canada exemption

Measles cases reported in VCH region

St. Mary’s to be renamed Sechelt Hospital

New partnership strives for better health for residents of West Vancouver

VCH stamping out bullying in the workplace

VCH moves to further improve care in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VCH partners with Onni Group for Pearson Dogwood lands redevelopment

Powell River to gain 21 residential care beds

G.F. Strong becomes first in BC to use bionic exoskeleton in daily rehabilitation

Zoom accounts for students

Preparing for your stay, labour and birth at LGH

Information about opioids

Recovery after birth

HIV/AIDS surveillance

Report adult abuse and neglect

Benzodiazepines (Benzos)

Keeping baby & you healthy

Guidelines for opioid addiction & treatment

Immunization coverage

Durable Medical Equipment Retailers

Immunization after care for children

Eating and nutrition for preschoolers

Orientation Information

Notifications of infectious diseases

Sheway programs and services

Immunization records

Growth and development, preschoolers

Network and systems access

Overdose surveillance

VCH North Shore community partners & external resources for families

Immunization for school-aged children

Parenting resources

Discipline-specific requirements

Research databases & online journals

What are voice problems?

Community health profiles

Eating & nutrition for toddlers

Administration students

PPE test menu

Community wellness reports

Growth and development, toddlers

Allied Health students

Preparing for your overnight sleep study

Information for current grant holders

Insite user statistics

Health Unit Coordinator students

COVID-19 information for long-term care & assisted living

Residential care resources

Nutrition after bariatric surgery

Nurse Practitioner students

Your initial visit to the Sleep Disorders Clinic

Child care

Preparing for metabolic and bariatric surgery

Nursing students

Breast reconstruction surgery information

Eating & nutrition for infants to 18 months

Richmond metabolic and bariatric surgery team

Medical undergraduate students

Admission to the Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Growth and development, infants to 18 months

Vancouver Vaisakhi Festival

Parking, transit & cycling information for students

BC Legislation related to adult protection

Active travel to school

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) referrals for pregnant people and parents

Bed bugs

Room bookings for student practice

Equipment Replacement

Sexual health youth clinics for North Shore schools

Medical care for babies and young children

Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO)

Family support

Supporting healthy eating at school

Adjusting as new parents

Transcript requests and training verification

First Nations ReAct

E-substances regulation

New baby basics